This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue Oct 3 with reports of Review List COMMON CRANE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER and reports of SEDGE WREN, AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and various seasonal arrivals and local reports of interest.
The COMMON CRANES and SANDHILL CRANES were reported Oct 1 at the intersection of Seeley and Walters roads, but were flushed by a tractor. Also in Cumberland County, the LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continues on Bay Point Road near the small pond on the right out in the marshes, about .8 mi beyond the green Sheppard farm buildings. From 553, take 610 to Bay Point Road and right on Bay Point Road. The bird is frequently on the wires.
A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER hit an office window in Hazlett, Monmouth Co. Sep 25, was stunned, and was shortly afterwards released and sent on its way.
At Brig Oct 1, a SEDGE WREN was on the Eco-trail at the first bench; a HUDSONIAN GODWIT was in the SE corner, East Pool; an AVOCET was in the NE corner, East Pool; and 3 RING-NECKED DUCKS were in the exit pond.
An AM. GOLDEN PLOVER was at Sandy Hook Sep 30-Oct 1 at the end of the Fishermen's Trail; the BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS are gone. CONNECTICUT WARBLER was reported at the North End thickets Sep 30 on the Fishermen's Trail; and Oct 2, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at the North End, A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach, and AM. BITTERN, SEASIDE SPARROW and NELSON's SHARP-TAILED SPARROW were at Spermaceti Cove Oct 2.
Overpeck Park Sep 29 had LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, a few warblers and lots of FLICKERS and PHOEBES. Merrill Creek Oct 2 had numerous FLICKERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, WINTER WREN, SAPSUCKER, COMMON LOONS and a few warbler species.
Widely reported migrants this week were BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, N. WATERTHRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, PHOEBE, CHIPPING SPARROW and SAPSUCKER.
In the exotic department, a RUDDY SHELDUCK has been hanging around Gloucester City in a flock of CANADA GEESE. This is likely an escape.
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